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6. Online HW and Assessment

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Chapter 8: Online Assessments and Hearing Students Think About Science

Guidelines for best practice

  • Make sure there is a wealth of content to draw upon in the package.
  • Make sure the problem sets are randomized.
  • Make sure that the feedback provided by the system is meaningful to your
    students and serves to shape student thinking.
  • Make sure the system has flexibility so that it can be adapted for the students’,
    classroom’s, and teacher’s needs.
  • At the beginning, use the technology during class sessions at the school’s
    computer lab, assigning two or three students to a computer.
  • Assign online assessments as class work rather than homework, given the
    digital divide seen in many of our more economically diverse or disadvantaged
  • Model how to approach the questions and their answers several times before
    students attempt this work on their own.
  • Be willing to “stick with it” and ask for support when needed.

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